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Craig Van Hoy summited Kosciusko on November 20th, 2004 at 2:00 PM to finish the Seven Summits. His 77 Year young Father was with him… More soon…
Craig Van Hoy attempts to finish the Seven Summits and Summit Kosciusko with his 77 Year young Father!
Australia’s Kosciuszko – On to the “Seventh Summit!”
Craig is headed to sunny Australia to complete the last of his, “Seven Summits”. He will be joined by long time climbing friends (1978 Indian Himalayan Expedition) Bert Brown and Ken Peters, as well as his father David Van Hoy. Mount Kosciuszko is located in the Great Dividing Range of Australia and reaches a height of 7,310 feet. The climb is a non-technical hike, but bad weather is always a possibility. It will take the four climbers a day to reach the summit and return from the trailhead. Stay tuned as they will be sending a dispatch after the summit.
Craig Van Hoy Summits Mt. Everest [5.16.04]
On May 16, 2004, Craig Van Hoy stood atop 29,035 ft. Mt. Everest!!!
If there’s one thing to say about Craig, he’s persistent. On his third attempt to summit Mt. Everest, the 45-year-old Clackamas, OR resident finally achieved his goal. His first two attempts in 1987 and 1991 ended just short of the summit of the World’s highest peak. This attempt was Van Hoy’s first using supplementary oxygen, something most climbers rely on in the oxygen-starved environment of the Himalayas.
Van Hoy is a full time mountain guide and owner of Craig Van Hoy’s Go Trek & Expeditions located in Clackamas, OR. He departed for Nepal on March 18, 2004. His last call via satellite phone from Everest Base Camp on May 9, reported him healthy and in high spirits for his summit attempt. However, Van Hoy did go on to say: “I miss my wife and kids a ton!”
Van Hoy is known as one of America’s most accomplished climbers and is no stranger to Northwest peaks. He has over 350 ascents of Washington’s 14,410 ft. Mt Rainier, and over 50 ascents of Oregon’s 11,240 ft. Mt. Hood. For many years, Craig Van Hoy held the speed record for an ascent of 14,411 ft., Mt. Rainier, WA. in 5 hrs. 22 min. (roundtrip), an ascent most climbers take 2-3 days to complete. In 1989, Van Hoy was a member of the first American Expedition to climb Kangchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain in the World, without the use of supplementary oxygen.
A native of Tacoma, WA, he has been a resident of Clackamas for 4 years with his wife Sone. They have two children, Josiah, 6 and Bethany, 4.